Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the second-largest two-year public institution of higher education in the United States and the largest public educational institution in Virginia with more than 71,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. As one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the United States, with a student body consisting of individuals from more than 180 countries, NOVA is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable Virginia by fostering excellence in higher education. As an “Achieving the Dream” leader college, NOVA is committed to the principles of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence by meeting the educational and training needs of the region and its people with excellent and affordable courses and programs, offered by an inspired and inspiring diverse faculty and support.
With the six unique locations throughout our region, each conveniently located within 40 miles of Washington D.C, we have Northern Virginia covered. NOVA’s Alexandria campus is located 7 miles from the nation’s capital just across the Potomac from Washington DC. Annandale’s community with its urban feel and suburban appeal is ranked as the most diverse in Virginia and boasts a thriving Koreatown. Loudoun County is a comfortable suburb steeped in colonial history. Manassas Campus is located next to Manassas Battlefield Park, the site of the first major battle of the Civil War. Woodbridge is home to municipal parks, state parks, and national wildlife refuges, and the Medical Education Campus (MEC), located in Springfield, is a uniquely specialized campus that stands apart from what most community colleges can offer with the area boasting an abundance of hiking and biking trails and parks with nature and wildlife areas.
NOVA offers an opportunity to make a difference with outstanding career opportunities and competitive total rewards benefits. From a comprehensive health and dental insurance program, generous paid annual, sick, and personal leave policies, deferred compensation plans, flexible spending accounts, family medical leave, paid parental leave, state employee discounts, and paid short and long-term disability income protection to a solid and secure retirement system. NOVA embraces opportunities to create a college that is a welcoming and inclusive place to learn and work. We do this by fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring equity while maintaining an open, civil, and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. In so doing, NOVA fulfills its mission to offer world-class teaching and learning to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Upgraded and Improved Applicant Tracking System (NATS)
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Shared Services Center (SSC) in partnership with the Commonwealth’s Recruitment Management System and PeopleSoft are rolling out an upgraded and improved version of NOVA’s applicant tracking system (NATS). This improved version will allow us to request and fill full-time and part-time positions more effectively as well as achieve more efficiency in advertising and managing the recruitment and job offer processes for all VCCS colleges. The upgraded system allows candidates to create user profiles and apply for open positions at NOVA using their accounts. NATS is equipped with features that include email notifications to applicants when positions are filled and the ability for prospective employees to check the status of their applications in real-time. The system is user-friendly and allows candidates to view and apply for jobs 24/7 wherever there is Internet access. To create a user profile visit NATS.
- What is an applicant tracking system?
- Where did the idea for a new system come from?
- How does the new applicant tracking system benefit job seekers?
- How does it benefit staff tasked with filling positions?
An applicant tracking system is an online program used to monitor and coordinate job openings and applications and help manage recruitment needs. Jobs are posted online and candidate resumes and applications are stored inside the program’s secure database to permit effective searching, matching and routing of applicants by HR staff. Applicant tracking systems help reduce inefficiencies by automating processes and allow for better and faster recruitment decisions.
The College’s Human Resources office identified the need for an up-to-date recruiting and hiring system and included the project in HR’s strategic plan.
Current and prospective employees can search open positions by location and entity, upload required materials and submit employment forms after accepting a position. All applicants can check their application status electronically, and job postings are removed automatically once positions are filled.
With the new system, it is easier to post jobs, search applicant materials and request and receive necessary approvals from HR throughout the hiring process. The new system also allows HR and equity and diversity staff to review important hiring trends such as time-to-fill and diversity metrics and analysis of why applicants decline job offers.